This is the first Harry Hole novel, and I am happy to say I enjoyed it. The mystery kept me reading, and the Australian setting was unexpected but worked well. I liked Inspector Hole as a character, although I wouldn't mind reading about him on his home turf.
One thing that bothered me a little was that many of the characters talked in riddles from time to time. To be fair, this is called out in the text itself, so it's not a flaw, it's a deliberate choice, and in the context of the story it works. I am a fan of clear communication, however, so I didn't like it, and it would have driven me nuts if I were Inspector Hole.
I have the next book in this series ready to go so I will be reading that one this month also. I think I will enjoy this series - definitely a winner if you're a fan of mysteries, police procedurals, and/or Scandinavian crime books!